The last phrase of the pledge of allegiance to the flag sums up freedom--"with liberty and justice for all."
Are these idle words that we no longer respect and acknowledge as American civil rights intended for all, including unpopular minorities? Or does it mean that only the popular majority who is more vocal, intolerant and influential in making laws qualifies for this privilege?
No smoking in bars is an atrocious violation of civil rights. Yes, nonsmokers have the right to smoke-free environments by their choice. Do smokers have the same right to make choices?
In the 18th century, we banned lepers to isolated leper colonies. In the 19th and 20th centuries, African Americans were restricted to the "back of the bus." At least they were permitted access to the same bus as whites. Smokers are not even being given the right to exercise their choice by those "chosen" to be privileged to impose their preference on everyone.
Of course, the "health issue" is always the response. You say the majority should rule for this reason. I say the health issue is being used to disguise political agendas.
If indeed it is solely a health issue that is so critical to the well-being of all Americans, then why don't all states pass similar restrictions? Why has Washington and the federal government not gotten more actively involved in proposing legislation? Could it be that politics and big business are into each other's pockets? Can you imagine Nevada passing such an ordinance? I can see Utah, an ultraconservative Mormon contingency, jumping on the bandwagon, but no, they choose to respect the rights of all to make choices.
If true democracy is to prevail, it must apply equally to all Americans. I make the choice to fight for the rights that many died for; will you fight with me?